Review: Betrayed by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Betrayed Betrayed (House of Night, #2)by P.C. & Kristin Cast
Published by: Atom
Publication Date: April 2010 (First Published in October 2nd, 2007)
Series: House of Night, #2
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 375
Rating: 2
Date Read: February 1st, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Website (UK) | Author’s Website (P.C. Cast) | Author’s Website (Kristin Cast)

All any of us could talk about was Chris’s disappearance and how bizarre it was that he had last been seen close to the House of Night. I didn’t want to believe it. But everything inside me said that the kid would be found but he’d be found dead

Things seem to be going pretty well for Zoey Redbird. She’s settled in at the House of Night finishing school and is coming to terms with her incredible new powers. It all seems too good to be true. And guess what?

Someone has begun murdering human teenagers, and all evidence point to the vampyres at Zoey’s school. Which means her first assignment as the leader of the Dark Daughters is finding out which one of her classmates or – gulp – teachers is a killer.

Sigh. And she thought her boyfriends (yes:plural) were going to be her biggest problem this year …

This is the second book in the House of Night series. I’m a little frustrated with this series. It has the potential to be good, but it continually falls short. The main reason is the writing. I liked Betrayed a bit more than Marked. I thought the story was more interesting and complex, and some of the characters have been fleshed out more.

It could have been a good book. It could have been a story about a strong, independent heroine who suddenly became a vampire, who had to adapt to her new life. Instead it turned out to be a story about one super duper amazing vampire who rides her horse of specialness along with her little minions in the lands of Double Standards, where everyone else is a hoe.

And that’s the worst thing about Betrayed and about House of Night, for that matter. It is crawling with unused potential. Besides wasted potential, writing was one of the biggest problems this book had.

In this book Zoey is all settled, she is the new “queen” of the school since she became the leader of the Dark Daughters. On the outside, humans are being killed and the House of Night is blamed. Zoey makes it her mission to solve this mystery.

Zoey is not like other girls. Zoey is special. Sun shines only for her. Poets compose songs about her beauty. Models hide their face in shame when Zoey’s beautifulness walks by, wind is afraid of blowing because it might ruin her perfect hair, when she smiles mountains move, stars fall from the sky and diamonds burst in flames because they’re nothing compared to Zoey’s wonderful smile.

Zoey is beautiful. Zoey is wonderful. Zoey is great. Zoey is amazing. Zoey is a horrible, disgusting, repulsive person that needs to be smacked across the head. Her worst trait is that she is so judgmental. She judges people she knows, she even judges people she doesn’t know, people she just saw on a street. She was like that in the first book, she is like that here.

Zoey never misses a chance to remind us that she is The Most Powerful Fledgling Ever. She would rather explain to you, in laborious detail, what every event means, instead of letting you judge for yourself from the consequences of each plot turn. She will describe every other character’s personality for you, because apparently you’re too dumb to draw your own conclusions from their dialogue and behaviour.

Everyone outside Zoey’s group of friends is a hoe, a hag, bitch, whore, racist, homophobe, anorexic, bulimic, stupid, close-minded, loser, etc.

Especially Aphrodite. She seems to use these words a lot to describe her arch nemesis, Aphrodite, who she happened to catch once in a slightly compromising position in the first book. Yet, Zoey is confused over not one, not two, but three guys in this book. I find it horrible that a book clearly designed for teen girls feels the need to use these words to such an extent. They appear practically every other page and it’s highly distracting and preventing me from being able to stay wrapped up in the story.

Also, this book constantly kept reviewing what happened in the first book to a point where it was repetitious and annoying. Every single thing from the first book, does not need to be re-explained. We are not idiots. I mean, who is reading book Two without having read the other book?

I realise that it’s a young adult book but it just seems too childish. Now having said that, I must admit that about half way through this one, I started to enjoy it. At least the other characters started showing some more personality than just simple stereotypical character traits.

I truly wish that I had something better to say about this book or the series for that matter. I wanted to enjoy this book, because it was better than the first one, but heavy foreshadowing constantly ruined my reading experience. It made the characters seem extremely stupid.

So I might be willing to read the next volume, because I simply want to know what’ll happen next. I like to give things a try and I just can’t stand the fact that I already started this series and I have to know where this story and characters are going to lead me. I was determined to finish what I began. And, of course, there’s the off chance that somewhere along the line, this series will actually manage to get better.

I would like to end this review by saying it’s perfectly alright for other people to like this book or series.

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